Confronting Hard History: Using Primary Sources to Teach Slavery, Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter

Sponsored by ProQuest
Recorded on 09/15/2020

Posted in Primary Sources and Special Collections, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility (DEIA)


Join us for this session with Hasan Jeffries, associate professor of history at Ohio State, who will discuss teaching with primary sources to complicate normative narratives of slavery, the civil rights movement and Black Lives Matter protests. This presentation will highlight the importance of looking honestly at the past to understand the persistence of racial inequality in the U.S. today, and to create a more equitable and democratic future.

Register for our upcoming session, “The Intersection of Democracy and Hard History Through the Lens of Primary Sources,” with Dr. Jeffries on September 27th, 2022 here!


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    Hasan Kwame Jeffries

    Associate ProfessorThe Ohio State University

    Hasan Kwame Jeffries is associate professor of History at The Ohio State University where he teaches courses on the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement. He earned a BA in history from Morehouse College in 1994 and a Ph.D. in American history with a specialization in African American history from Duke University in 2002. He is the author of Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt (NYU Press, 2009). He is also the editor of Understanding and Teaching the Civil Rights Movement (University of Wisconsin Press, November 2019), a collection of essays by leading civil rights scholars and teachers on how to teach the Civil Rights Movement. Professor Jeffries has worked on several public history projects, including serving as the lead historian for the five-year, $25 million renovation of the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the chair of the Teaching Hard History Scholars Advisory Board for Teaching Tolerance, and the host of the podcast Teaching Hard History, which is currently in its third season.